As part of the ManiFeste 2019 festival, in partnership with the Ircam and ProQuartet, Kaija Saariaho’s work Nymphea [Water Lily] for string quarter and electronics will be played by the Quatuor Béla against the stunning backdrop of Monet’s Water Lilies.
Kaija Saariaho is expanding her soundscape with experiments in electronic transformation, overlaid by a poem by Arseniy Tarkovski: the verses are murmured by the musicians into microphones connected to digital processors. Like Monet, she uses water lilies as a starting point, she explains: "Some images that evolved in my mind while composing: the symmetric structure of a water lily, yielding as it floats on the water, transforming. Different interpretations of the same image in different dimensions; a one-dimensional surface with its colours, shapes, and, on the other hand, different materials that can be sensed, forms, dimensions."
The Quatuor Béla in the Water Lilies's room © Opale Prod / Quentin Woloch
Gilbert Nouno réalisation informatique musicale Ircam
Kaija Saariaho, Nymphea
Jonathan Harvey, Quatuor à cordes n° 4
A coproduction Musée de l’Orangerie, Ircam-Centre Pompidou, ProQuartet-Centre européen de musique de chambre, with the support of la Sacem.